School Bus Safety | Child Pedestrian Accidents

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School Bus Safety | Child Pedestrian Accidents

Children Pedestrian Safety

When school is in session, school safety becomes an issue, especially for children walking to school, taking buses and riding buses.

For both for drivers and children, especially teenagers, digital devices can be a dangerous distraction. Distraction puts drivers and children at risk for accidents. In fact, more teenagers die in pedestrian accidents than younger children, and largely due to distraction.

Children Pedestrian Accidents Involving School Buses

When vehicles or buses strike children, poor visibility is often the underlying cause. Buses have blind spots that are directly below and in front of each side mirror. They also have a blind spot directly in front of the back bumper of the bus. For this reason, safety guidelines encourage children to step 10 feet away from the bus before crossing. Also, they should never cross the street by walking behind the bus. Following these guidelines can assist the driver to have better visibility. In addition, small children are short, which makes it more difficult to see them.

Today’s modern school buses come with crossing arms to deter cars from passing the bus. However, older buses do not have crossing bars. In addition, even though flashing lights come on to warn cars behind the bus to stop, some drivers disregard the lights. It’s a traffic violation to pass a stopped bus. Even so, cars passing buses have hit, injured and even killed school children.

School Bus Safety | Child Pedestrian Accidents | Children Killed or Injured in School Bus Accidents

While comparatively rare occurrences, school bus accidents do happen. If the bus driver violated traffic laws or was at fault for the accident, it may be possible to recover compensation for damages.

Parents with children involved in school bus pedestrian accidents or bus crashes, should consult with a lawyer. Medical expenses for serious injuries are high. Holding at fault parties accountable is a source of compensation that can help offset expenses. Typically, parents could sue the school district, private company (if the private company provides school bus services) and the driver. To bring a law suit, the victim’s injuries must meet the serious injury threshold. Also, the party must be at fault for the accident.

Experienced Bus Accident Lawyer

Our attorneys at Sackstein, Sackstein & Lee, LLP have decades of experience handling child pedestrian accident cases. This includes children injured or killed by buses or vehicles in school bus accidents.

Do you have further questions about how we can help with your child’s accident?

Contact the New York law offices of Sackstein, Sackstein & Lee, LLP and schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys. We can discuss your potential claim.

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